The Texas coaching staff is slowly but surely beginning to distribute offers to some of the more talented sophomore prospects. Donovan Jackson is one of the latest recruits from the 2021 cycle to earn an offer from the Longhorns.
The four-star offensive tackle from Bellaire Episcopal is compact with natural strength and a great feel for the game. Jackson is an anchor at left tackle and plays with a multitude of authority. He’s exceptionally relentless at the point of attack.
Jackson is swiftly rising on the radars of the nation’s top programs. The super sophomore holds a total of 16 offers at the moment, and schools like Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Texas A&M, and Texas are looming as the most interesting choices for Jackson.
The recruiting process isn’t Jackson’s main priority at this time, due to it being so early in his high school career.
“I just haven’t really looked into the recruiting aspect of it that much yet with any school,” Jackson told Burnt Orange Nation. “I’m in the cupcake phase, I’m just not getting too serious yet.”
That said, the Longhorns are emerging as a program Jackson seems to like. Jackson is loves the brand of football that the Longhorns are getting back to.
“They’re a smash mouth run team which I feel I’m best at.”
Tom Herman and offensive line coach, Herb Hand, have been the main communicators with Jackson, and they’ve expressed how diligent their efforts will be in trying to recruit him.
“Coach Herman and Coach Hand, they’ve been saying how they were going to recruit the tar out of me,” Jackson said. “I’m excited for that.”
Coach Hand has given Jackson high praise exceptionally early, and that just goes to show what an impressive young talent he is.
“[Coach Hand] says he sees a lot of what I do in one of his former players that’s in the NFL,” Jackson said. “When I went down there, he showed me the film and our films were almost identical. He says he can do the same thing he did for him and it’ll be a similar outcome.”
Jackson was one of the many recruits on hand for last week’s showdown against USC. This was his first time attending a game in Austin, and he considered it one of the best experiences he’s had at a college football game.
“It was an amazing experience,” Jackson said. “I’ve never been to a game in Austin, but it was eye opening how physical and tough the Texas team is.”
“The atmosphere!Obviously living down here,” Jackson added of what impressed him during his visit. “I have friends that say it’s nothing like playing at [Texas].”
Although Jackson may be one of the most coveted prospects in the nation for his cycle, he still feels as if he has room for improvement.
“I need to work on my explosion off the ball,” Jackson said. “When I’m watching film I feel like I’m hesitating like half a second.”
Jackson is ranked as the nation’s No. 22 prospect, and as the No. 2 player in the state for the 2021 cycle, per the 247Sports Composite.